What is Matsuri?
Matsuri is UW Japanese Student Association’s most popular annual event, and the largest celebration of Japanese culture on campus. Unlike our other (fantastic) events throughout the year, Matsuri’s appeal extends beyond the UW community, inviting everyone of any age to come together and enjoy the festivities throughout the day.
The theme for Matsuri 2019 is “Lost in Tokyo”, which transforms the HUB ballroom to streets similar like izakaya alleys. Different from Tokyo’s famous neon-lit skyscrapers scenery, you will be able to experience a cultural side of Tokyo at night at Matsuri this year!
Our main performer this year is Japanese comedian and ventriloquist Showko Showfukutei. Showko has appeared on a Japanese TV show “Gooto Chikyu bin" documenting her life and career, TV Tokyo “Sekai Naze Sokoninihonjin” , NHK “Tsurube no Kazokini Kampai” , Singapore and Australia on Australia's Got Talent 2016 as a finalist, ABC TV for the "International Women's Day Debate" as well as being interviewed on ABC National Radio with John Faine.
Check out her amazing performance here!
Things to do
6:00 - Kendo performance by UW Kendo Club
6:10 - Wushu performance by Husky Wushu Team
6:20 - Judo by UW Judo Club
6:40 - Taiko drum performance by Taiko Kai at the UW
7:00 - Bon Odori
7:10 - JSA Officers Performance
7:20 - Ventriloquist performance by Showko Showfukutei
Food & Drinks:
$2 – Chicken Karaage
$4 – Okonomiyaki
$4 – Yakisoba
$2 – Gyoza
$4 - Oden
$4 – Mochi Waffle
$3 - Melon Soda Float
$2 - Ramune
$1 - Water
$1 - Tea
$2 – Pankui Kyousou
$2 – Shateki
$1 – Ping Pong Strike
$1 – Mato Ate
$1 – Gacha Sukui
$1 - Photo Booth (2 Shots)
FREE – Origami Minigames
Entry to the event is free, but you'll need tickets to purchase food and play games (1 ticket = $1). We won't be accepting any form of money in the event!
Tickets are available for purchase at the JSA booth on UW Red Square (weekdays, 10:30 to 2:30) as well as online through the HUB ticket office.
Day of tickets:
Tickets can be purchased on the day of the event at the HUB front desk, but since you'll be subject to the HUB transaction fee, we recommend buying tickets earlier.
University of Washington
Husky Union Building
Husky Union Building
4001 E Stevens Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
The closest parking lot to the HUB is the Padelford Parking Garage. Free parking begins after 12pm. There is no street parking available on campus. For more information, click here.
For public transit options, please use the address listed in order to find the best possible route from your location.